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  A. spruceanum
From: Rand Nicholson writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 2004.01.28 at 10:49:27(11041)
Hello All:

My A. spruceanum, which I received with Wilbert's last shipment (thank you Wilbert), seems to be developing a tuber on the leaf just like A. bulbifer. Is this common?

Rand Nicholson

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid (prive)" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2004.01.29 at 20:32:02(11042)
Hi Rand,

This is a bit of a puzzling message: if A. stands for Amorphophallus, then
there's something wrong with the name because Amorphophallus spruceanum
doesn't exist. I did also send Dracontium spruceanum to some of you but
that's hardly an Amorph and Dracontiums do NOT make foliar bulbils, although
they DO develop swollen joints in the leaves to some degree.

Cheerio,
Wilbert

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From: Rand Nicholson writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 2004.01.30 at 05:30:03(11046)
Hello Wilbert:

No real puzzle.

Obviously, in a highly excitable state of phalloid enthusiasm after receiving my shipment, I mislabeled Dracontium spruceanum as Amorphophallus spruceanum. Wishful thinking or duh? I suppose this is how some of those ugly taxonomic rumors get started. However, D. spruceanum _does_ look almost exactly like A. spruceanum (which, of course, does not exist) to my layman's eye. And, a rather large not-a-bulbil is developing on top of the leaf petiole. Do these eventually ever _do_ anything, or are they just arthritic wannabees?

That clears that up.

Thanks, and drop over for a beer some time you are in the country.

Rand

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid (prive)" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2004.01.30 at 08:56:13(11047)
Hi Rand,

There IS of course always a slim chance that somebody in Leiden shipped you
a real Amorph instead of the Dracontium and, oh wonder, a bulbil-forming
species (like Am. bulbifer or Am. muelleri)................

Wilbert

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From: piaba piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2004.01.30 at 10:22:25(11048)
> D. spruceanum _does_ look almost exactly like A.
> spruceanum (which, of course, does not exist) to my
> layman's eye.

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From: "Peter Boyce" peterboyce at myjaring.net> on 2004.01.30 at 16:55:20(11049)
...there's also a Monstera spruceanum; heart palpitations up 'n' running at
the thought og a vining 'phalloid Lord P?

Pete

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From: Rand Nicholson writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 2004.01.30 at 20:06:17(11051)
Wilbert Et Al:

Ok. I'll go with the A. muelleri since I already have A. bulbifer. Now, who's dreaming ... although it does seem odd that the Drac. would go to all this trouble just to make something round and useless.

TFIC

Rand

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid (prive)" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2004.01.30 at 21:40:02(11052)
Well, there are also fully creeping rhizomatous phalloids, so why not a
climbing one........AAARRGGHH!!!!!!!!!

Lord P

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid (prive)" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2004.01.30 at 21:42:31(11053)
Rand,

You can make life easier on all of us by mailing me a scan of the leaf and
I'll put us out of our mysery.

Lord P

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From: Rand Nicholson writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 2004.01.31 at 05:12:52(11054)
Lord P. And Interested Parties:

>You can make life easier on all of us by mailing me a scan of the leaf and
>I'll put us out of our mysery.
>
>Lord P

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid (prive)" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2004.01.31 at 11:56:56(11055)
And Lord P says:

I didn't mean a scan as in scanning the object itself but as in a scanned
photo (or a direct digital pic)! That should ease your mind. No need to
upset the lil' fella itself.

Lord P

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From: "ron iles" roniles at eircom.net> on 2004.01.31 at 12:51:42(11056)
Randy

For a simple English soul who does not understand colloquial Yank please
what are "one's pinky tip" & "the photonic maw of The Evil Lexmark"? Please
send my condolences to the pinky tip keeper's patient keeper especially if
she has to watch you smoosh the funny little creepaloid.

Phil O'Dendron

P.S. Make Amorpho spruceanum smoking legal.

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